Mothers of Invention pitch in to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

September 8, 2017

Women in the World

Two weeks after Hurricane Harvey slammed into the southern coast of Texas and dumped record rains that led to devastating flooding, the inventors and entrepreneurs from Toyota’s Mothers of Invention program in association with Women in the World are stepping up to help those impacted most by the storm’s aftermath. The inventors behind clever products and ideas like Luminaid, DayOne Response and Well Aware are using the power of their products to help deliver relief to those who were in the flood zones in Texas and Louisiana and are now trying to put their lives back together.

For one of the Mothers of Invention, the storm hit very close to home. Well Aware is a nonprofit that funds and implements clean water solutions for impoverished communities in East Africa. and is based in Austin, Texas. It was founded by Sara Evans, and is lending its expertise in water analysis and filtration to assist another DayOne Response, another company featured in Mothers of Invention program, in implementing on-the-ground training with proper utilization of the water filtration bags. Well Aware is also providing more than 7,000 cans of drinking water to those in need.

DayOne Response is the brainchild of inventors Tricia Compas-Markman and Amy Cagle and is a 2.5-gallon water filtration bag. In just 30 minutes, the bag is able to purify enough clean drinking water for a family of four to subsist on for up to two months.

Luminaid, a company that produces lightweight, solar-charged lanterns and portable phone charges is pitching in as well. Anna Stark and Andrea Sreshta, both of whom hail from Houston originally, are donating 3,000 phone charges and nearly 1,000 Luminaid lanterns to people in need.

Full Women in the World article here.


Boxes of DayOne Response filtration bags that are headed for the Hurricane Harvey flood zone.

All three companies are geared toward helping people, and that ethos is being tapped into for what has turned out to be one of the worst natural disasters to strike the U.S. in recent years.

“The Toyota Mothers of Invention are not only innovative entrepreneurs but quick to aid those in need when an emergency situation strikes,” Tina Brown, the founder and CEO of Women in the World, set about their collective efforts. “They are so skilled in solving the world’s problems, so it’s no surprise to see them come together to assist in relief efforts.”

Below, watch a video from Sara Evans’ appearance at the Women in the World New York Summit back in April. Addressing communities that don’t have access to clean drinking water is “not an unsolvable problem,” Evans said at the time.